Simple Fruit Salad

Updated on October 13, 2019
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Sharon is a human resources professional who enjoys sharing simple recipes that make mealtimes deliciously easy to prepare!

Great for Potlucks

A fresh fruit salad bursting with a medley of healthy berries is the perfect dish to bring to your next potluck. If you are not a lover of cooking or preparing complicated dishes, it can be intimidating when you must bring food to a social event. A dish that often appears complex but is ever so simple to prepare is the fruit salad.

Fresh and colorful fruit salad with kiwi
Fresh and colorful fruit salad with kiwi | Source

How to Make a Simple Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a super healthy vegetarian treat that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. The best time of year for fresh fruit is the summer but we have our choice of fruit all year round in North America.

My favorite version of fruit salad is a little different since there is no liquid added and it contains mostly berries. When you bring a brightly colored fruit salad to a gathering other guests seem to think you spent a lot of time on it. It looks complex but is super simple.

Let's get started with the quick and easy steps below.

Sweet green kiwi with bright red strawberries and dark blueberries make a visually appealing combination of color.
Sweet green kiwi with bright red strawberries and dark blueberries make a visually appealing combination of color. | Source

Preparation Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time:

Serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 8 large strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 3 or 4 kiwi fruits
  • Handful green grapes

Instructions

  1. Prepare all fruit first by washing and rinsing with water thoroughly, pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a large salad bowl add the fruit. I like to use a glass salad bowl to highlight the colors of the fruit.
  3. Slice the strawberries into halves (if they are very large slice into quarters).
  4. Peel the kiwifruit and slice into thin rounds about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Add the blueberries.
  6. Add green grapes to taste.
  7. Stir gently to mix the fruit.
  8. Voila! A gorgeous fruit salad.
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Kiwi are very sweet when they are ripe.
Kiwi are very sweet when they are ripe. | Source

How to Choose a Ripe Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit has a tough outer brown skin that hides the beautiful green, sweet fruit within. You must be careful choosing Kiwi because if you get one that is overripe you will be stuck with green mush that is not very appetizing and cannot be added to a fruit salad. Overripe kiwi tend to lose their sweetness too.

When choosing your kiwi look for these characteristics:

  1. A smooth outer skin that is not wrinkled.
  2. Skin that is evenly colored with no discoloration.
  3. Squeeze a kiwi fruit to test its softness it should give a little but not be too hard or too soft.

When you follow these three tips you should get a nice, sweet and enjoyable kiwi. When kiwi is added to a fruit salad they provide not only their unique sweetness but an appealing green dash of color. Remember we first eat with our eyes!

How to Eat a Kiwi

Include Blueberries in the Fruit Salad

Super Food!

Blueberries have become a staple food in my house. They are a great addition to not only fruit salads but cereals, oatmeal, yogurts, and granola.

These little berries are a nutritional powerhouse. The health benefits of blueberries are numerous and listed below are just a few of their healthy attributes.

  • Antioxidant that protects cells from damage
  • Increases fat burning in the body
  • Reduces and maintains blood pressure
  • Supports a good memory
  • May help protect against colon cancer

It is wise to always toss blueberries into your fresh fruit salad. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Blueberries are powerhouses of nutrition
Blueberries are powerhouses of nutrition | Source

How to Have a Fresh Fruit Salad Anytime

If you buy lots of fruit and store it in the fridge in those fruit and vegetable drawers they are often forgotten and start to rot. I have had this happen on numerous occasions. If the fruit is out of sight it's out of mind. Keeping it out of the fridge in a fruit bowl is one idea but to keep it cold and fresh just prepare it ahead of time as a fruit salad.

This is an excellent way to ensure all the nutritious fruit you purchased doesn't go to waste. This recipe is particularly good for this because it contains no apples that brown or bananas that become gooey.

I find it gets eaten quickly and it is such a nutritious after school or any time snack.

Storing it in a container makes it easy to scoop out a quick serving. I find this tupperware container, that was originally created as a lettuce keeper, to be perfect for fruit salad.

Fresh fruit salad to go! I love this container its great for keeping in the fridge or travel.
Fresh fruit salad to go! I love this container its great for keeping in the fridge or travel. | Source

Tupperware Super Crisp Saver

Tupperware Super Crisp-It in White
Tupperware Super Crisp-It in White

I have had this "lettuce keeper" for more than 16 years! It wears extremely well as you can see from my photo above. It is much more than just a "lettuce keeper".

It is super for keeping prepared salads fresh, especially fruit salads. It can be used as a storage container for the fridge or a travel container for a pot luck or picnic. You can also use it as a serving container. There is no need to place your salad in another dish just serve it right from the container. Now that's efficiency!

I found the "classic" version online and still for sale. This doesn't surprise me because it is very durable and I can certainly attest to that after using it for so many years. This style of Tupperware has been around for years and that is because it works!

 
Luscious grapes
Luscious grapes | Source

Green and Purple Grapes: What Is the Difference?

I personally prefer green grapes and always have since I was a child but I am not sure why. It may be the slight difference in taste or perhaps because I only remember my mother buying the green grapes; so it became a preference.

So what is the difference between the two? They are simply different species. Nutritionally, the purple grape wins out, but that doesn't mean green grapes are not good for you. They are both healthy and beneficial but the purple grape has the edge as it is richer in antioxidants and lower in calories. Basically, the darker the fruit or vegetable the more nutritional punch.

Purple or green whichever you prefer, are both an excellent addition to your fruit salad. Just toss them in!

Sweet red strawberries full of nutrition
Sweet red strawberries full of nutrition | Source

The Strawberry: A Sweet Addition to Your Salad

The strawberry plant is very hardy and can be grown anywhere in the world. It sends out shoots and reproduces itself with ease. The strawberry is the ultimate survivor; this makes them easy plants to grow.

Nutritionally, strawberries are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium - always good! They are an excellent source of folate, potassium and Vitamin C. Humans, unlike some animals, cannot manufacture or store Vitamin C so it is important for us to consume it in our food. Oranges aren't the only fruit high in this vitamin.

Did you know that strawberries fight wrinkles? Vitamin C is known to keep the collagen in our skin elastic but strawberries also contain ellagic acid which has been shown in studies to enhance collagen repair and prevent inflammation. The strawberry does double duty in wrinkle prevention!

The strawberry is the color star of the fruit salad it creates a vibrant visual impact. Attractive and nutritious the strawberry is a great addition to any fruit salad. Yum!

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      • Pat Goltz profile image

        Pat Goltz 

        6 years ago

        I take the goulash approach. You know, it's for whatever you have on hand. I just toss 'em all in. Whatever I have.

      • Susan Zutautas profile image

        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love fruit salads especially during the summer months when you can easily buy fresh fruit. Now I'm craving one :) I like to make mine with strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, bananas, and kiwi's.

      • Faye Rutledge profile image

        Faye Rutledge 

        6 years ago from Concord VA

        This is my kind of salad! Thanks for info about choosing a kiwi, I never can tell about those. And, of course, a Tupperware bowl is the best! I love my Tupperware. :)

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        tomoxby 

        6 years ago

        I don't have a favorite recipe, but you are right the one on this page is easy with only 4 ingredients. I will have to give it a try, looks delicious.

      • theinformationguy profile image

        theinformationguy 

        6 years ago

        I pretty much like them all , hard to pick just one favorite !

      • Lenskeeper profile image

        Lenskeeper 

        7 years ago

        No. I just sometimes mix different fruits together randomly. Thanks for the lens. I was wondering what to eat for lunch :)

      • GeekGirl1 profile image

        GeekGirl1 

        7 years ago

        The picture here looks delicious, fruits looks fresh too.

      • Onemargaret LM profile image

        Onemargaret LM 

        7 years ago

        I love fruit salad. I find myself eating more of them lately. Such much healthier! Nice lens!

      • ForestBear LM profile image

        ForestBear LM 

        7 years ago

        yummy, I love fruit salads. Thank you for sharing

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @anonymous: Thank you!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I have always adored fruit. Currently eating frozen raspberries as I write! Brilliant lens!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I have always adored fruit. Currently eating frozen raspberries as I write! Brilliant lens!

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @four synergy: That sounds awesome, thanks for the ideas! :) Sometimes you need to change it up, we can't bring the same fruit salad every time right?

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        four synergy 

        7 years ago

        We have Like minds! I hate Potlucks and have discovered the beauty of Fruit salds as well! People are REALLY impressed when you toss in Pineapple to it and for Flair and presentation...top it with the top of Pineapple as centerpiece within the fruit sale display.

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        Aboutlowercholesterol 

        7 years ago

        Nice ideas thanx. I love all kinds of fruit and so a nice fresh fruit salad on a hot summers day is a real delight and treat. Thanx for the lens

      • KandH profile image

        KandH 

        7 years ago

        Yummy - no better way to enjoy a healthy snack than a fresh fruit salad!

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @MartieG: Thank you!

      • MartieG profile image

        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

        7 years ago from Jersey Shore

        Makes me want to run out and buy some fresh fruit! Choose this lens for my Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month Quest - very nice!

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        natashaely 

        7 years ago

        I have always made it the way my Mom has and I am sure that is the same for most people. I put all the fruit in a bowl and add orange juice or the natural juice from the fruits, it's that simple! Great page, madfe one tonight :)

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        Itaya Lightbourne 

        7 years ago from Topeka, KS

        I like the one mom used to make with powdered sugar and sour cream in it. Sounds gross but it was awesome. :)

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        Anthony Godinho 

        7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love fruit salads...yeah, they're especially great during the summer, but I do like them all year round. I love watermelon in my fruit salad as well.

      • SoniaCarew profile image

        SoniaCarew 

        7 years ago

        Love fruit salad! I like berries,... and pineapple. Delish!

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @SheilaMilne: Sounds delicious!

      • SheilaMilne profile image

        SheilaMilne 

        7 years ago from Kent, UK

        I'm very fond of mango and pineapple as a salad, especially after a spicy meal. The juices from both can be added to make a syrup.

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @gatornic15: Yes, they certainly can be slimy if they are too ripe. But they are very tasty and sweet, try it you'll like it! :)

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        gatornic15 

        7 years ago

        Your fruit salad looks delicious! I have never actually tried kiwi. It always seemed a little slimy so I was scared to try it.

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @SusanDeppner: I think I will try that, thanks!

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        Susan Deppner 

        7 years ago from Arkansas USA

        P.S. Thanks for the info about how to choose kiwi fruit. I've never been really sure.

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        Susan Deppner 

        7 years ago from Arkansas USA

        I love summer fruit salads and your combination of fruits sounds perfect! A friend also fixes that same combination but then stirs in a can of peach pie filling. You won't believe how good it is until you try it. Yum!

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        Marilyn Thompson 

        7 years ago from Washington State

        Looks like a tasty and refreshing salad, yum!

      • BookNympho LM profile image

        BookNympho LM 

        7 years ago

        I love making tropical fruit salads, but some of the fruits can be hard to find. A simple fruit salad recipe like this is so easy to make though!

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        Beverly Rodriguez 

        7 years ago from Albany New York

        I love fruit salad. It's refreshing on a hot day and it's nice to eat light.

      • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

        Sharon Bellissimo 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        @Elsie Hagley: Thank you! A tutorial from my teenaged daughter helped a lot - its also her camera. :)

      • teristazko profile image

        teristazko 

        7 years ago

        Looks very refreshing. I love fruit salad. Thanks for sharing your delicious blend of fruits!

      • Elsie Hagley profile image

        Elsie Hagley 

        7 years ago from New Zealand

        Nice lens. Thanks for sharing. Great photos, glad you found it was easier that you thought.

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